Filming in Gibe Sheleko National Park

Filming in Gibe Sheleko National Park

Gibe Sheleko National Park was gazetted in 2011 it covers 360 sq km of upland plateau parts of the Gibe River gorge area and patches of endemic forest. The park is new and there is few tourism facilities established with this you need to plan in advance for successful filming in this park

Gibe Sheleko National Park is one of the best palaces to film Hippos in Ethiopia; this is done at Gibe River. Other wildlife species worth filming in this park include 17 mammal species, such as greater kudu and various bird species.

Gibe Sheleko National Park

Requirements and permissions to film in Gibe Sheleko National Park

There are no set fees for filming in Ethiopia in Gibe Sheleko National Park. Donations are often required for local assistance for local film fixer to help all through during your shoot. Some regional governments will charge location fees. In many cases, our fixer will need to travel to negotiate location fees in person. National parks fees are quite high, especially if filming aerial shots. Aerial filming in Ethiopia requires the pilot have a flight permit from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. Please contact us for more information on filming in specific locations in Ethiopia.

A foreigner wishing to shoot films in Ethiopia is required by law to submit his application to the office of Government Communication Affairs Office Foreign Media Accreditation not later than ten (10) days prior to the day on which he/she is due to commence filming, if you don’t want to hustle contact us and we help you all through the process of securing a filming permit in Ethiopia. The application shall contain, among other things, the purpose and title of the film, duration of the shooting and the exact location where it takes place and the total production cost of the film as well as the portion that will be used within Ethiopia.

The applicant should submit together with his application the following documents:

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films.
  • In case an Ethiopian personality is portrayed in the film as a character, a copy of a document of no objection from such person or his heirs, certified by an organ legally empowered to approve contracts and documents.
  • In case of a co-production by an Ethiopian and a foreigner, an agreement indicating the responsibilities and liabilities of each party.
  • The nationality of the filming crew, the passport number, the country issuing the passport, their permanent and temporary addresses as well as other information as may be required by the Office.
  • The Applicant should also attach on the application, The name of the company, The name, the passport number and the nationality of the filming crew, The purpose and title of the film, Duration of the shooting and exact location where it takes place, The production cost of the film and Name and Telephone of the contact person or organization in Ethiopia

The applicant is required to submit together with his application the following documents.

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films.
  • A list of equipment necessary for shooting film, in 3 copies.
  • One passport size photograph at arrival

A foreigner applying for shooting film in Ethiopia should also pay to the Office a permit fee, where an applicant wishes to use an aircraft for shooting a film; he should obtain a flight permit from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. Contact us here for more information on aerial filming in Ethiopia.

Note

The permit and letter to the customs shall be issued immediately when the film crew members appear in person and sign an undertaking to adhere to the conditions of permit and respect the laws of the country.  Contact us here to help you secure a filming permit for Ethiopia, fees will be determine based on your filming location.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, visa and work permits, transport and others for a successful shoot in Gibe Sheleko National Park as below;

Ethiopia Work permits and Visa Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa or a business visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Ethiopia this is the best way and you can get the e-visa through https://www.evisa.gov.et/ Also depending o your country of origin you can as well obtained a visa upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Addis Ababa Bole International Airport upon paying either US$52 for a single-entry visa with validity up to 30 days or US$72 for a single-entry visa with validity up to 90 days and you will be able to get it immediately. Contact a consulate near you or us here for more information about Visa application for Ethiopia.

 Ethiopia Vehicle Hire Services

We will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Gibe Sheleko National Park depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of drive hours to the Park.

Fixers in Ethiopia to help you film in Gibe Sheleko National Park

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Ethiopia and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These work as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Gibe Sheleko National Park.

Where to stay during filming in Gibe Sheleko National Park

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Gibe Sheleko National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for reservation and booking details.

How to get to Gibe Sheleko National Park

By Road: The Park headquarters is located 178km west of Addis just beyond the town of Welkite and this can be accessed by road in a 4×4 forward vehicle.

What is the best time to film in Gibe Sheleko National Park?

Filming in Gibe Sheleko National Park is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of October to May which is relatively dry than March April to September.

Why use Film crew fixers?

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company in East Africa. We assist filming companies and Production agencies in Ethiopia. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies in Ethiopia to make sure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Ethiopia are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Gibe Sheleko National Park.

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